First Issues - China

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Chinese People's Republic

(Mainland communist China)

Chinese People's Republic SG1401 Sc1        
8th October 1949
SG1401 Sc1
1950 SG1432 Sc31
Foundation of the People's Republic
1951 SG1488 Sc-C1
Temple of Heaven and Ilyushin Il-18
1984 SG3298 Sc-B1
Child welfare
Post Due
1950 SG-D1459 Sc-J1

And so, at last to China as we know it. As has been noted, the USA continued to recognise the government in exile in Taiwan (this was, after all, the run-up to the McCarthy era) and so Scott restarts with a #1.
The first stamp is also the first commemorative, the set celebrating the first session of the Chinese People's Political Conference (as did the second set) and so the commemorative shown (although not cheap) is from the third set, a rather fine composite image of Mao Tse-Tung, the Chinese flag and a parade: it celebrates the foundation of the People's Republic. No official.

Republic of China

(Taiwan / Formosa)

There are five phases of Taiwanese postal activity:

Hong Kong

Hong Kong SG8a Sc8 Hong Kong SG133 Sc147 Hong Kong 1988 SG583 Sc-B1 Hong Kong SGD1 ScJ1 Hong Kong SG900 Sc793
[8th December 1862]
1865 SG8a Sc8
1935 SG133 Sc147
Silver Jubilee
1988 SG583 Sc-B1
Community Chest of Hong Kong
Post Due
1923 SG-D1 Sc-J1
1997 SG900 Sc793
Chinese administration

Britain gained Hong Kong from China's defeat in the Opium War of the 1840s. The first issue as a British colony was in 1862, (see Display 6). HK reverted to Chinese control in 1997.


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